Oct 25, 2015

Charles Horvath

Charles Horvath (1920-1978) was one of the busiest stuntmen in the business, who segued into character parts and played everything from Indian warriors, African chiefs, Mexican bandits and more. A former college football player, Charles was a sergeant with the U.S. Marines during World War II where he was an instructor in judo and karate. He was the service jiu jitsu champion and wrote the Marine Corp manual on hand-to-hand combat training. He was also the personal bodyguard to General Eisenhower. After the war, he trained with Allen Pomeroy to become a stuntman. Charles doubled many actors including Burt Lancaster, Rock Hudson, Vincent Price, Jack Palance, and Randolph Scott. In the 1960's, Charles injured his back and had to stop performing stunts for a living. He became a bartender at the Backstage, a famous watering hole near Republic Studios.

Below: Charles gives Mickey Rooney a lift while actor Timothy Carey watches in "Francis in the Haunted House" (1956)

Below: Charles (with beard) is about to have a fight with Robert Vaughn in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." episode, "The Yukon Affair" (1965).

Below: Stuntman Chuck Bail (left) and Charles (right) appeared in "The Big Valley" episode, "Last Train to the Fair (1966).

Below: Charles played one of the Catwoman's henchmen in the "Batman" episode, "The Cat and the Fiddle" (1966). Left to right: George Barrows (famous for his gorilla impersonations), Julie Newmar, and Charles.

Charles appeared in this short film called "Marines in the Making" in 1943.